We’re going to continue our teaching on the subject of JOY.
I) Last time we said that JOY is a product of God’s Word that was sown into our hearts.
A) In (John 15:11) Jesus said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
1) Jesus is the Word of God and he spoke the Word of God, that Word produces joy.
2) Jesus also said in Mark chapter 4 that once the Word is sown in a man’s heart, Satan comes immediately to take it away.
a) Why does Satan come to steal the Word?
(i) The first answer to that a simple. There is power in the Word of God. (Hebrews 4:12) says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
(ii) The Word of God is powerful and it will defeat the principalities and powers of darkness.
(a) Another reason Satan comes to steal the Word is to steal the vision that God has given.
(1) If you steal the vision, you steal the power. You steal the anointing.
b) But there is another reason why Satan comes to steal the Word, and that is if he can steal the Word out of your heart then he can steal your joy.
(i) God’s Word produces joy in the heart. And as long as you have God’s Word in your heart, you have joy in your heart.
(ii) And that means no matter what the Devil does, he can’t totally defeat you.
3) The Devil knows that the best time to steal the Word from you is right after you’ve received it.
a) He knows that once the Word is deeply rooted in your heart and it has become a revelation to you it’s almost impossible for him to steal that Word.
b) There’s been so many times that I’ve been up against a financial battle but (Philippians 4:19) which says, “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” is more of a reality to me than lack.
(i) There’s been so many times that I’ve walked around house confessing “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
(ii) And I’ve seen God come through every time.
c) That Word has become such a revelation to me. The Devil couldn’t even pry it out of me with a crowbar.
4) Obviously, it’s to Satan’s advantage to steal the Word when you first hear it.
a) The way he tries to steal the Word is through some kind of adversity.
b) If he can create enough pressure and adversity he might be able to cause you to fall prey to DISCOURAGEMENT.
B) In the Old Testament many times God’s people are told to “Be of good courage. Be not dismayed. Fear not.”
1) The phrase, “Be a good courage,” isn’t used often in the New Testament. Jesus said it this way: “BE OF GOOD CHEER.”
2) In (John 16:33) Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.”
a) Some people stop right there and think that we’re suppose to have tribulation all the time. But Jesus didn’t say that.
b) He said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
3) People have made the same mistake with (Psalm 34:19) which says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.”
a) Many believers will use that and say, “Well the righteous are going to suffer many afflictions.”
(i) But the Psalmist didn’t stop there. He said, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”
(ii) Jesus said “Yes we’re going to have tribulation but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
4) Satan is out there to get your joy. And if he can get it discouragement will come and he can defeat you in every area.
a) He will create situations so that he can spoil your goods and steal them away.
b) But as long as he can’t steal your joy, he can’t keep your goods and he can’t defeat you. So, be of good cheer!
C) Let’s look again at Hebrews 10:32-34.
1) Notice (verse 34) says, “For ye took joyfully the spoiling of your goods.”
a) Satan came in and spoiled their goods. But this says their attitude was not one of sorrow, depression, or discouragement, but rather of joy.
b) Notice that Paul never said that they rejoice in the spoiling of their goods, but rather they took joyfully.
(i) We’re not to rejoice in the works of the Devil.
(ii) We’re not to be going around saying, “Praise the Lord the Devil just put cancer on me” or “Praise the Lord the Devil stole my car.
2) Turn with me to 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18.
a) This doesn’t say to praise God for evil things. God isn’t the evil doer. Why should we thank God for something that doesn’t come from Him?
b) Whenever you praise God for a problem, the “god of this world” Satan is getting your praise.
c) We are to praise God “IN EVERY SITUATION,” not “FOR EVERYTHING.”
(i) We should praise God in the midst of our problems. But we’re not to praise Him for the problem; were praising Him for deliverance from the problem.
3) So God is not saying, “Praise me for adversity.” But he is saying, “Praise me IN ALL THINGS, in every kind of situation. And don’t let the devil get your joy, but rejoice evermore. If you’ll praise Me in all things, I’ll deliver you from them and see that you are set free because praise stops the avenger.”
II) Satan is a thief. When he creates attacks against you, it is to steal something from you.
A) In (John 16:22) Jesus said, “Your joy no man taketh from you.”
1) No man can steal your joy including the Devil unless you allow him to steal it.
a) No matter how bad things get, if you continue to rejoice, your joy can not be taken away. The only way you can lose it is by an act of your will.
b) The devil can’t take your joy from you, but what he can do is create enough pressure around you until you willfully give it up.
(i) If you fall for his deception of problems and give up your joy, then he has totally defeat you.
(ii) Without joy, which comes from the Word of God, you have no foundation to stand on. You become open game for the enemy.
c) Satan can’t defeat you unless you let him.
(i) He may try to take your car, your finances, or the life of a love one. But until he gets your joy he can’t defeat you.
(ii) As long as you’re still praising God and still have a joyful heart, you can be defeated.
d) We already said this last time but it bears repeating. “If Satan can’t get your joy, he can’t keep what he has stolen from you.”
(i) But it goes further then that. According to (Proverbs 6:31) if the thief is found out, he must restore sevenfold.
(ii) You have a right to claim a sevenfold return on anything the Devil steals from you.
B) The Bible tells us to rejoice evermore. We need to be more like Paul.
1) Turn with me to 2nd Corinthians 12:7.
a) Paul said that there was messenger (or angel) of Satan sent to Him to buffet him.
b) What was this buffeting that Paul went through?
c) All we have to do is just go back to few Vs. and Paul gives a list of all the buffeting he went through as a result of the attacks of this messenger of Satan (fallen angel).
2) 2nd Corinthians 11:24-27.
a) He talks about every hard thing that Devil try to throw at him to make him quit. (Perils means danger).
3) But in (2nd Corinthians 4:17) Paul called all these things that he went through just “LIGHT AFFLICTIONS.”
a) Even though the devil through at Paul the best he had Satan could not steal Paul’s joy, he kept rejoicing.
b) Because of Paul’s joy and faith in God, Satan could not keep Him down.
III) In (2nd Chronicles 20) Judah was surrounded and outnumbered by a huge army that threatened to destroy them.
A) As the people sought the Lord, the Lord instructed King Jehoshaphat to send out his praisers before his army singing with the loud voice, “Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth forever!”
1) Because the praisers went 1st the enemy was confounded. They actually began to fight and kill each other.
a) God’s people had total victory over them and they just walked right in to the enemy’s camp and gather up the enemy’s goods.
(i) There were so many goods that it took three days to gather it all up.
2) You can’t defeat praisers.
B) Do you know what the Word “JUDAH” means?
1) It means “PRAISE.”
2) Jesus came from the TRIBE OF JUDAH, and we’re joint heirs with Jesus. That means we are also from the tribe of Judah.
a) We are to be praisers, and a praiser can’t be defeated.
C) There is power in joy and according to (Jeremiah 33:11) joy has a voice.
1) One of the ways you can release joy is through laughter.
a) But you can’t have joy and laughter if you’re worried about what’s going to take place tomorrow.
(i) The Word of God tells us to cast all our cares upon the Lord and Jesus said in (Matthew 6:25) take no thought for your life.
(ii) In other words don’t worry and don’t walk in fear God will meet all your needs.
(iii) Christian should be the happiest people on this earth.
2) You can’t be burdened down with problems and have joy and laughter at the same time. You need to learn to laugh.
D) Look at Job 5:22.
1) When the enemy comes at you with destruction and famine, LAUGH!
2) How can you laugh in the midst of trials, tribulations and afflictions? Because you read the end of the book and you win!
E) What are some of the things that steal your joy?
1) Sorrow, doubt, unbelief, and fear just name a few.
2) Job was a very prosperous man but when he lost his joy it was an open door for the enemy to come in and steal all he had.
a) Look at Job 3:25.
b) Fear stole Job’s joy and because of that he lost everything.
3) After Job learned that he had to keep his joy and laugh even in the midst of the enemies attacks. Then God was able to restore everything that Job had and even double.
a) Joy is a spiritual force. Don’t let Satan steal your joy.
IV) Turn with me to Habakkuk 3:17.
A) Habakkuk was going through some problems here.
1) He can’t get his fig trees to grow. He can’t get any fruit on the vine. His olive trees are failing. His fields are not producing. His flocks have been cut off from the fold. His cattle are missing from the stalls.
a) But despite all that he’s going through look what he says in the next verse.
2) Habakkuk 3:18.
a) Now here's someone that the Devil just can’t beat.
b) The Devil tried to come at him in every available avenue, but he kept praising God.
3) He said at the end of (Verse 18), “I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
a) The Word “SALVATION” in this verse means, “DELIVERANCE, SALVATION, PROSPERITY, and VICTORY.”
b) He could rejoice in the midst of adversity because he knew that God would give him the victory.
4) Look what he said in VERSE 19.
a) He said, “I’m not discouraged by all this. I’m going to get hind’s feet, and God is going to cause me to jump right over this problem.”
b) That’s very similar to what the Psalmist said in Psalms 18:29. Let’s turn there.
c) When the enemy seems to have you surrounded and you’re up against a wall, keep your joy, and God will give you hind’s feet.
(i) You’ll run through a troop and leap over a wall.
(ii) As long as you refuse to allow the devil to steal your joy, God will deliver you.
5) In Thessalonians Paul said, “Rejoice evermore.” In Philippians he said, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.” In the gospel of John Jesus said, “Be a good cheer.” David said in (Psalms 23), “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice.” Nehemiah said, “The joy of the Lord is our strength.” Solomon said, “A merry heart do with good like a medicine.” Habakkuk said, “Even in the midst of adversities I will rejoice.” And in the book of Psalms it tells us over and over again to, “Praise ye the Lord.”
6) I’ll say this again: “If the devil can’t get your joy he can’t defeat you.” You can’t be defeated if you keep your joy, so rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.
W. O. L. C. C. Sunday, September 06, 1998 from Jerry Savelle’s book, “If Satan Can’t Steal Your Joy He Can’t Keep Your Goods.” Chapter 2 from Jerry Savelle’s book.